LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 23, 2022–
Inmarsat and Honeywell set a new benchmark in satellite communications with the launch of SwiftJet, their latest in-flight connectivity service for the business aviation industry. It will enter commercial service in the first half of 2023 and will deliver the fastest L-band speeds ever.
As one of the first new services to be introduced on the Inmarsat network ELERA Satellite Network, SwiftJet will deliver seamless global coverage across flight routes with speeds up to 2.6 Mbps, up to six times faster than Inmarsat’s existing L-band business aviation connectivity solution. will allow passengers to create a secure “office in the sky” with enhanced capabilities for video calling, web browsing, email, texting, cloud syncing and collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams . Social media and video apps such as TikTok and YouTube, which were previously difficult on the L band, will also be enabled.
As the latest addition to Inmarsat’s market-leading portfolio of inflight connectivity services for business aviation, SwiftJet will be available alongside Jet ConneX (JX) and SwiftBroadband (SBB), which have been activated on thousands of jets worldwide. JX is the most popular and widely adopted premium broadband solution available today, powered by a global constellation of Ka-band satellites. Additionally, SBB offers speeds of 432 Kbps on L-band using smaller antennas that are suitable as a secondary system to JX or as primary connectivity for smaller or older aircraft.
SwiftJet uses advanced hardware from Inmarsat’s partner, Honeywell, which can be fitted to a wide range of aircraft and also supports cockpit and safety services. Existing customers of Inmarsat’s SBB service will benefit from a natural upgrade path without having to replace externally mounted aircraft equipment, while new customers will benefit from the same ease of installation as with any Inmarsat L-band terminal. The service also creates new opportunities in the market for smaller jet aircraft, which were previously limited to basic voice or text connectivity that does not meet the needs of today’s travellers. today. It is available for pre-order via Honeywellwith additional incentives as part of an early adoption campaign.
Inmarsat is launching this revolutionary service at a critical time for the business aviation industry. After a turbulent period over the past two years due to the global pandemic, a recent survey conducted by Inmarsat and Corporate Jet Investor (CJI) found that nearly 80% of global respondents believe more frequent business aviation flights will occur next year. In addition, 90% of them believe that online activities will dominate the time spent in the air by school principals, divided between business and leisure.
Kai Tang, Inmarsat’s Head of Business Aviation, said, “Inmarsat prides itself on providing services that meet the unique and rapidly changing needs of our customers. As the market leader in business aviation connectivity, Inmarsat developed SwiftJet in response to customer and partner feedback for a faster and more advanced L-band offering. They basically asked us to amplify the capabilities of L-band without losing its characteristics of resiliency, reliability and availability.
“I’m proud to say that SwiftJet delivers all of this and more, unlocking exciting new capabilities in the aircraft cabin and enabling users to connect more devices and enjoy faster connectivity speeds, anytime. and wherever they fly. This comes at a time when business aviation travel is not only returning to pre-pandemic levels, but is also experiencing unprecedented demand for in-flight connectivity.
Adam Sheppard, director of aircraft connectivity at Honeywell Aerospace, said: “SwiftJet represents the latest leap forward in inflight connectivity, combining Inmarsat’s commercial satellite capabilities and Honeywell’s connected aircraft expertise to provide scalable, high-speed satellite communications to passengers at 40,000 feet. With Inmarsat, we’ve created a simple upgrade path for SwiftBroadband customers, giving them easy access to unprecedented L-band internet speeds without having to change cabling or antenna hardware.
Inmarsat’s ELERA global satellite network offers the world’s most reliable and flexible global connectivity, with full redundancy and unique resilience in all conditions. ELERA capabilities are further enhanced with the addition of two Inmarsat-6 satellites, the largest and most sophisticated commercial communications satellites ever built, both of which are due to enter service next year and will support SwiftJet until the 2030s, reinforcing the long-term value of the service. The L-band capacity of each I-6 satellite will be significantly greater than that of Inmarsat’s 4th generation spacecraft, offering 50% more capacity per beam in addition to unlimited beam routing flexibility.
The I-6 series of satellites will also play a crucial role in the continued growth of Inmarsat’s unique network. ORCHESTRA dynamic mesh network, which will bring together existing Geosynchronous (GEO) satellites with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and terrestrial 5G to form a high-performance integrated solution, unmatched by any existing or planned competing offerings.
Inmarsat is the world leader in global and mobile satellite communications. It owns and operates the world’s most diverse global portfolio of mobile satellite telecommunications networks, and holds a multi-layered global spectrum portfolio, spanning L-band, Ka-band and S-band, enabling unmatched breadth and diversity in the solutions it provides. . Inmarsat’s long-established global distribution network includes not only the world’s leading distribution partners, but also its own strong direct retail capabilities, enabling guaranteed end-to-end customer service.
The company has an unmatched experience operating the world’s most reliable global mobile satellite telecommunications networks, supporting business and mission critical security and operational applications for more than 40 years. It is also a major driving force behind technological innovation in mobile satellite communications, supporting its leadership through substantial investment and a powerful network of technology and industry partners.
Inmarsat operates in a diverse portfolio of sectors with the financial resources to fund its business strategy and holds leading positions in the maritime, government, aeronautical and enterprise satellite communications markets, consistently operating as a trusted, responsive partner. and high quality for its customers around the world. world.
Honeywell Aerospace products and services are found on virtually every commercial, defense and space aircraft. Its hardware and software solutions create more fuel-efficient aircraft, more direct and on-time flights, and safer skies and airports. For more information, visit www.honeywell.com or follow us on @Honeywell_Aero
Honeywell ( www.honeywell.com ) is a Fortune 100 technology company that provides industry-specific solutions, including aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Our technologies help planes, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer and more sustainable. For more news and information about Honeywell, please visit www.honeywell.com/newsroom
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PUBLISHED: 05/23/2022 04:00 AM/DISC: 05/23/2022 04:02 AM